Gay twins turn their devotion to Dolly Parton into film
'Hollywood to Dollywood' chronicles Gary and Larry Lane's cross-country adventure
Gary and Larry Lane left their native North Carolina more than a decade ago to try their luck in Hollywood.
Equipped with wholesome good looks and charm, they have modeled, made commercials, gotten bit parts in movies and TV shows and been big winners on the reality shows Fear Factor and Winter Wipeout.
The twins, both gay, have also been working on writing scripts – one that they wrote especially for their idol, Dolly Parton. They had met Parton briefly at several Hollywood events but had no inside connections to get her to read their script.
So they decided to rent an RV and drive across the country to her Dollywood theme park to deliver it personally during the park's 25th anniversary festivities.
That journey is the basis of what has become the documentary Hollywood to Dollywood which went on pre-sale today (18 April) and has an official DVD and Blu-ray release date of May 1.
The film, which has screened at dozens of film festivals worldwide, now has the blessing of Parton who had nothing to do with its planning or production.
But after she saw the film, her management worked out a deal with the twins that allows them to use 15 of her songs in the film including such classics as I Will Always Love You, Jolene and Coat of Many Colors and two previously unreleased Parton tunes Celebrate the Dreamer in You and Sky is Not the Limit.
'I can't believe we have 15 songs of hers in our film,' Gary Lane tells Gay Star News. 'She worked out an amazing deal with us. We wanted to capture what she has meant to us. To have her blessing on the movie is the ultimate thing that we could have asked for.'
The deal for the music was finalized today. Details were not disclosed but part of the arrangement calls for 10 percent of each DVD/BluRay disc sold to benefit the Imagination Library, Parton’s literacy foundation.
Directed by John Lavin, the film chronicles the cross-country trip in a rented RV they name Jolene. The Lanes and Gary’s boyfriend Mike Bowen embark on a road trip that is also a journey of self-discovery. Also appearing early parts of the film are Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, actress Beth Grant and actors Chad Allen and Leslie Jordan.
Here is the film's trailer: